Tag Archives: Christmas

Put the X back in Xmas!

People often assume that the term “Xmas” is an attempt to take “Christ” out of Christmas. But did you know that: The term Xmas dates all the way back to the Middle Ages. X is an abbreviation for Christ (it’s … Continue reading

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Jingle Bells

“Jingle Bells” may be the most sung Christmas tune in the world, although its lyrics vary from country to country (it’s also one of the most spoofed). It was written by James Lord Pierpont–for Thanksgiving–in remembrance of the sleigh races … Continue reading

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If You Think the Season’s Hard for You…

The holidays are, for some, about present love and past pain. But for others they are the reverse, a time of loneliness and isolation, of only faintly remembered love. I’ve had both, as I’m sure you have. My hope is … Continue reading

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Overlooked

Some of my friends’ birthdays fall on or near Christmas day and so, sadly, they tend to be overlooked. Take my friend Jesus, for example.

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The Spirit of Christmas

May the spirit of Christmas the yearning to give inhabit your heart for as long as you live

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Fit Us for Heaven

Bil was a proud man (yes, he spelled his name that way). Trust me, I know because I have an excess of pride myself. I came to know him when he played the lead role in my production of A … Continue reading

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Christmas on Pleasant Hill

Looking for a last-minute gift book? May I recommend Christmas on Pleasant Hill by my friend, gifted author Colleen Scheid? Pleasant Hill is a compassionate and moving collection of twelve modern day Christmas stories that is perfect for reading aloud and sharing with other … Continue reading

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